2008 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Review

2008-mercedes-benz-c63-AMG The 2008 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG is due to hit the US in April of 2008 – later than I hoped. See, the C63 AMG is a muscle car in the classic sense – a compact ( well compact-ish ) car stuffed with a massive 6.2 liter V8. This little car will put out an outstanding 451 horsepower – and an equally impressive 443 lb-ft of torque.

The C63 AMG is aimed squarely at the BMW M3, and surpasses it slightly in horsepower, while crushing it’s torque output. It may not look as stunning as the M3, but it’s no slouch either. Thee hood and front end are much more aggressive than the standard C class baby Benz, to make sure everyone knows it means business. Is it worth $63 grand? Who knows. But I wouldn’t kick it out of bed.

2007 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Specs
  • 451 HP / 443 lb-ft 6.2 liter DOHC V8
  • 7 speed automatic transmission
  • RWD
  • Curb weight: 3800 lbs
  • Starts at $63,000
2007 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Reviews

Kicking Tires reviews the 2007 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG and writes – ‘Of course, the C63 also has a beefed-up look to match its enhanced performance. The hood is larger, with two “power domes,” and both the front and rear bumpers are more aggressive than the standard C-Class. There are also available 19-inch wheels and standard 18-inchers. Inside, the seats are of the sport variety, and there’s even a different steering wheel aimed at enthusiast drivers. All this work should make the C63 formidable competition for the Audi RS4 and upcoming BMW M3. We won’t know for sure until early 2008, when the C63 will go on sale. For now, check out the photo gallery.’

Motor Trend reviews the 2007 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG and writes – ‘The C63’s big-motor-in-small-car formula approximates rocket-propelled acceleration, but the throttle is never jumpy, making it easy to exit corners smoothly. The stability-control system’s “sport” mode allows reasonable drift angles (it was programmed so as to allow the car to circulate the Nurburgring Nordschleife just as fast in the ESP-Sport mode as with the system switched off). With ESP switched off, the rear-axle brakes still work to keep the wheels spinning at the same speed, and full ESP functionality returns if the driver brakes hard in the middle of a corner. Where this engine will trump the forthcoming M3’s V-8 is not with its 30-plus extra horsepower, but with its titanic 148-pound-foot torque advantage.’

Digiads reviews the 2007 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG and writes – ‘Eye-catching features when viewed from the side include the 18-inch AMG light-alloy wheels, the harmoniously integrated “6.3 AMG” lettering on the front wing and the AMG side skirts. At the rear the standard LED rear lights, the AMG rear apron with its black diffuser insert and three pronounced diffuser fins, as well as the AMG sports exhaust system with two chrome twin tailpipes, provide further visual highlights that are hallmarks of the brand. The AMG spoiler lip on the boot lid reduces lift and ensures greater handling stability at high speeds.’

Autocar reviews the 2007 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG and writes – ‘For all its inherent tautness, the ride is perfectly acceptable even on heavily pockmarked sections of bitumen, with excellent rebound control helping to quickly quell any nasty vertical movement. The front end is superbly damped, too, allowing the C63 to track faithfully without too much unsettling movement over bumps. Before long you find yourself making big demands on the chassis, marvelling at the directness and body control.’

Published on July 9, 2007 in Mercedes

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